Criminology Professor takes home national charity award

Prof Katy HOlloway

Professor Katy Holloway has been honoured at the Kaleidoscope awards, taking home the Partnership Award. 

Kaleidoscope is a national charity, providing support to people with drug and alcohol problems. 

As a Criminology Professor, Katy has been working with the charity for a number of years, both in conducting research and sitting on a number of project groups together, including the Healthier Wales Working Group which is investigating ways of improving services for people with substance misuse problems within Gwent. 

She is currently supervising a KESS PhD student, Sharmila Kumar, who is based with Kaleidoscope, conducting research that is investigating how to improve the health and social outcomes of people on long-term opioid substitute treatment. 

Kaleidoscope were a key partner, along with the charity Barod, in setting up and running the first ever Street Drug Wales Conference this year. Hosted by the Centre for Criminology at USW, the conference will be running again in 2020, bringing together a wide range of professionals who work with supporting and treating people with drug addictions. 

Katy is also working with the charity to focus on workforce development and improving the career trajectory of substance misuse workers. 

Katy said: "I was so honoured to be presented with this award. Working with Kaleidoscope is a real privilege. The staff are deeply committed to reducing harm and improving the lives of people with drug and alcohol problems. They have been hugely supportive of the research that we have conducted over the years and I very much look forward to continuing to work with them."